The Landsborough River is unique, running 60kms parallel to New Zealand’s Southern Alps, before meeting the sea at Haast in South Westland - a World Heritage Area.

Its upper reaches are protected wilderness and provide spectacular glaciers, bush, river and mountain scenery.

Landsborough Wilderness Experience

Queenstown Rafting

For the ultimate rafting adventure, choose the three-day Landsborough Wilderness Experience. Traverse some of New Zealand's most remote and untouched alpine scenery, then raft down the Landsborough River as it flows from Mt Cook National Park to the Haast River in South Westland.

This trip includes bush walking, camping, canyoning and, of course, plenty of paddling.  Throughout the three days, difficulty ranges from exciting rapids through to gentle river flats. Departs every Friday (mid November through 31 March).

Duration 3 days/ 2 nights
Rafting with a small group through remote and untouched scenery
Two nights' camping in tent accommodation
Delicious meals included on river and at camp
Coach transport from Queenstown and flight to upper Landsborough River valley by helicopter or small aircraft
Extensive safety instructions and paddling techniques, senior qualified guides, safety kayaker and radio contact with our Queenstown base
Full rafting wetsuit clothing and safety equipment provided

Suitable for water competent people of moderate fitness (15 years and over).

Scenic drive through the spectacular Southern Lakes region, past Lake Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea and over the Haast Pass
Scenic flight to upper Landsborough River valley by helicopter or small aircraft
8 hours approximately total rafting (grade 2 - 4+ rapids)

Please note: Bookings for this excursion are only available on-request.

Please search for prices and availability below, then complete the form and our staff will contact you.

Landsborough Wilderness Experience - Queenstown Rafting

Season: Late Nov - late Apr - Friday departures
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
14 Nov 2014 - 17 Apr 2015
Departs: 8am (returns 7pm day 3)
Prices from: $1,695 adult

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Please note:

  • Bookings for this rafting trip cannot be made within 5 days prior to departure
  • This rafting trip operates with a minimum of 4 people
  • Suitable for water competent people of moderate fitness
  • Minimum age 15 years and over
  • Please note the different booking terms and conditions for the Landsborough Wilderness Experience
  • All trips operate dependent on weather, river level and/or water temperature. Please allow at least 24 hours flexibility before and after this trip as delays may result from adverse weather conditions

Please note:

Participation in rafting activities involves a degree of risk and the rafting operator cannot absolutely guarantee participants' safety. Participants need to listen carefully to our guide's instructions. We reserve the right to cancel trips or substitute another river or section of river for safety reasons.

Terms and Conditions:
Age:  Suitable for all ages with the exception of children under 15 years. If you are over 70 years, please consult your doctor to check your physical fitness.
Booking Conditions: To secure a reservation, we require your credit card details. Full payment must be made prior to departure.
Cancellations: Real Journeys and Queenstown Rafting must be notified 28 days prior to trip departure, otherwise no refund will be given.
What to bring:

Sleeping bag, personal off-river clothing/toiletries, swimsuit, towel and money (for extra food/drink).
Note: Please leave your valuables behind as no responsibility is taken for clients' belongings.

We provide:

Tents and camping equipment, safety gear and rafting clothing (including wetsuit, wetsuit jacket, spray jacket, paddle, helmet, wetsuit booties, and a life jacket).

Please note:

Please allow at least 24 hours flexibility before and after this trip as delays may result from adverse weather conditions.

Real Journeys also offers Queenstown Rafting Shotover and Kawarau River Rafting trips.

Real Journeys
Tel +64 3 249 7416
Freephone 0800 65 65 01 (within NZ)
Email contact@realjourneys.co.nz
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